Week Two in Aruba – One Happy Island!

Well, week one is behind us now in Aruba. I can’t believe how fast time flies here! We are having a wonderful and relaxing time on this lovely island where everyone smiles and says ‘hello’ or Bon Bini.

Of course there is always something to get negative about but we deal with whatever comes and smile if we are missing something in our rooms like glasses, utensils, or a light doesn’t work. All we have to do is call maintenance or housekeeping and all is fixed.

We are in our new room for two weeks now. We moved from the Divi Phoenix Resort tower and are now in the Villas which are only three floors next to the tower which has 14 floors. The new room is larger with two full baths and a king-sized bed, kitchenette, living room and a large deck which you can see in a photo of me below. What a life!

There are so many restaurants to dine at and enjoy the delicious food, Aruban or American. There are all kinds of fish – grouper, mahi, mahi, red and yellow snapper, barracuda, bronzinni, Chilean Sea Bass and wahoo among others. My favorites are red and yellow snapper and barracuda and wahoo.

My favorite restaurants are:

Waki Wahoo – wonderful dishes of fish

Driftwood – do their own fishing daily for fresh from the ocean to your table

Suisse Chalet – used to love this place for steak – but this year it has gone up tremendously in price that we may not go back! Sigh!

Pure Ocean – fish and more – at our Divi Phoenix Resort

Sea Breeze – new one to us but enjoyed my red snapper!

Madam Jeannette’s – wonderful food in outside dining, fish and more

Azzurro – Italian and more

Mio More – pizza and more

Gianni’s – Italian and more (owns Azzurros)

Yemanjis – smoked and grilled good – fish and more

Blossom’s – Asian and hibachi

Dushi Bagels & Burgers – breakfast and lunch and dinner

Gelatissimo – Gelato

I may have forgotten some – but there are so many choices. Prices are going up in some places but others are still reasonable. People here are so welcoming and happy to serve you. They make you want to keep coming back!

View from our Villa Balcony Room
Selfie on our Villa Balcony
Posing on our large deck – Ready for a day on the beach!

View of Weekly Owner’s party from our balcony
Sunset from Pure Ocean Restaurant at Divi Phoenix Resort – Dine where the sun sets and then watch the stars come out.
Dining at Pure Ocean
Delicious Wedge Salad – what is left of it!
Pasta Pescatore at Pure Ocean Restaurant
Dining with friends, Trish & Marty at Old Cunnucco House
My favorite drink here – Red Sangria
Coconut Shrimp at Old Cunnucco House
Dining at Sea Breeze at the Holiday Inn – where I had a large filet of my favorite fish – red snapper. Sorry I ate it before I remembered to snap a photo! Oops!
Dining with friends, Jay & Shirley at Sea Breeze
Gorgeous Sunset on our walk to dinner one night
Working on this post before dinner tonight from balcony – what a view, huh?
My friend, Maria, and me at Ellioti Restaurant
Paul and John at Ellioti
At Blossoms Restaurant with friend, Shirley
John taking part in cooking at Blossoms (Hibachi)
Fire in the hole at Blossoms Hibachi show
Dinner at Dushi Bagels & Burgers
Juicy Burger at Dushi Bagels & Burgers

The weather here in Aruba has been fabulous, but I don’t want to jinx us. Temps in 80’s to 90 and windy, which keeps the bugs at bay. Ahh! It doesn’t get much better than this.

We have been fortunate to find this beautiful place and will be able to enjoy it hopefully for many more years to come, God willing. We are grateful for meeting all the lovely people who we see each year at our resort and spending time together dining, swimming and catching up.

This is now Thursday of our second week here but it is flying by! I hope to write another blog and share more photos of this lovely, peaceful and relaxing island. Of course I am reading as much as I can do but spending more time enjoying the warm balmy water for hours each day. I am becoming a prune and turning almost as dark.

Thank you for stopping by to view and read my post. I appreciate your kind support. Stop by again for more photos of Aruba coming soon!


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Blessings & Hugs & Bon Bini from Aruba!



About jjspina

Janice is an multi-award-winning author with 42 books: 20 children's books for PS-Gr 4, 12 middle-grade/preteen, two young adult books, written under Janice Spina, and 7 novels, and a short story collection written under J.E. Spina. She is also a writer of poetry, blogger, avid reader, reviewer and a copy editor. Janice has always loved writing and started very young writing poetry, then stories. Her books have received 36 Book Awards and a few finalists awards. All Janice's books are available on Amazon.com, Kindle, B&N and other online book sites. One of her sports' poems was published in The Lawrence Eagle Tribune in October of 2008. She is currently working on book 3 of a YA fantasy series an and book 2 in an angel series. There will be six books in all in this series. She hopes to work on a series of four books in a crime/mystery genre that will be offsprings of her thriller, Hunting Mariah. There are books in the works about a dog for ages YA. Her hobbies are crocheting, sewing, walking to keep fit, hula hooping, tap dancing, going to the movies with her husband, and spending time with her five grandchildren. Janice loves to hear from readers and appreciates reviews. Sign up on her blog http://jemsbooks.blog for a copy of her newsletters under Contact Me. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband who is her illustrator and cover creator.
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9 Responses to Week Two in Aruba – One Happy Island!

  1. It looks and sounds wonderful, Janice. You are lucky you can go in the sun. I am so fair and have to be careful of patches of sun damage that can become cancerous.

    • jjspina says:

      It is wonderful! Yes, the sun is so strong being closer to the Equator that we can get burned! Oh, so sorry you can’t go out in the sun. 😘🤗🦎🌴🌵☀️

  2. Darlene says:

    Sounds like a bit of heaven! Enjoy. xo

  3. macjam47 says:

    It all sounds so heavenly! Enjoy! xoxoxo

  4. Jennie says:

    How wonderful, Janice! Your photos are gorgeous. I’m so glad you’re having a great vacation. 😀

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